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An oldie but goodie, me in red in 1990 building  a screen door for the truck we rented for field day...

THURSDAY EDITION: Oops, missed the Wednesday edition with one thing after another...including a CT scan to start the day off...Weather has been sweet here on the island, my granite counters in the kitchen are being installed this morning....one week without a kitchen sink has been less than fun here, kind of like being stuck on qrp for life and trying to pretend its fun....I dragged out the hex beam spreaders, washed them down, and will spray paint them green tomorrow. I had painted them white but they stuck out like a sore thumb so will try the dark green as it will be in the tree line. I do have to cut all new wire elements and plan on skipping 12 meters and go with 14-18-21-28mhz. Pictures to follow sometime.

RadioShack “Express Stores” to Open in HobbyTown USA Locations

According to a July 13 article in the New York Post, RadioShack is planning to open “express stores” within HobbyTown USA locations. The nearly century-old, twice-bankrupt retailer has signed a deal with HobbyTown USA to put a mini-RadioShack outlet in some 50 HobbyTown USA stores across the country that would sell items that might appeal to radio amateurs and experimenters. Those locations will be identified with RadioShack signage. HobbyTown markets remote-controlled cars and boats as well as drones and other hobby-related merchandise.

RadioShack shuttered all of its company-owned retail outlets. Its last unsuccessful effort to bail itself out of debt involved a deal with cellular provider Sprint. HobbyTown USA has 140 retail outlets, and, according to the Post article, RadioShack eventually could carve out a presence — on the order of 500 square feet — in all of them. HobbyTown USA stores in Parker, Colorado, and Mooresville, North Carolina, will be among the first to host RadioShack express stores.

“HobbyTown is purchasing the RadioShack merchandise and offering it to its hobbyist customers who need the tools, wires, and other accessories that RadioShack makes,” the Post article said.

The article quoted Steve Moroneso, chief executive of General Wireless Operations Inc. — an affiliate of hedge fund Standard General which acquired RadioShack in 2015 — as saying that RadioShack’s strategy now is not to own brick-and-mortar stores. RadioShack came out of bankruptcy in January with 400 dealers, an online retail presence, and a distribution center. General Wireless acquired the 1,743 retail outlets that survived RadioShack’s 2015 bankruptcy.

Moroneso also told the Post that there is “plenty of interest from dealers who want to open a full-line Radio Shack.”

Dating its founding to 1921, RadioShack once offered a broad array of name-brand Amateur Radio equipment — even beams and towers — along with home entertainment gear and discrete components, including transistors, resistors, and capacitors. Its iconic 1960s-era catalog ran to more than 300 pages. In later years, it sold a fairly popular 2-meter handheld transceiver for a time, as well as Citizens Band equipment, 10-meter single banders, and shortwave receivers. RadioShack’s retail website remains open, marketing many of the same items once available in its retail outlets.

Google Maps pricing changes threaten APRS site

The popular amateur radio APRS tracking site aprs.fi run by Heikki Hannikainen OH7LZB is threatened by changes to the Google Maps pricing model

Heikki Hannikainen OH7LZB writes:

For some time this morning, Google Maps on aprs.fi displayed a pop-up saying "This page can't load Google Maps correctly". The map tiles were dark with "For Development Purposes Only" written on them.

This was because of a configuration accident on my part: the aprs.fi profile on Google Cloud console was not properly linked to the correct payments profile which has my credit card attached. That's now fixed and the maps load fine. For a short while.

Due to the volunteer / charitable / non-profit uses in Amateur Radio circles (SAR, disaster relief, etc) aprs.fi has had a generous free use limit from Google, even after the pricing went up in 2012. With the recent pricing model changes for Google Maps APIs, the free use quota got lost. It was a bit uncertain whether it'll stay there or not, now it's obvious it's gone.

I'm trying to reach out to them and see if it can be reinstated, or if a generous volume discount can be applied. If someone has insider Google contacts who are amateur radio operators, please email me and them in private.

If not, I might be looking at a bill of 4000-5000€ per month, which obviously is something that I can't do. The billing has now started, and I got a small credit for the transition & try-out period, which will last for a few days, and I can pay the bill for a few more days after that.

To reduce the loads a bit, I'll be disabling the Embedded maps feature right now.

There is a risk that I'll have to replace Google Maps with something, but it'll be a development effort which will take quite some time, and the end result might not be quite as smooth; the Maps API has been pretty great.

Source aprs.fi forum

TUESDAY EDITION: Looks like the potential for 2-3 inches of rain today, we sure need it but not all in one day....
WTF Department: A British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue mission has indicated he may sue Elon Musk over comments made by the billionaire. Musk called the diver a "pedo" on Sunday in a tweet he later deleted.

The diver had criticized the submarine that the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company delivered to Thailand as being a "PR stunt."  "It's not finished," Unsworth told the Australian news media on Monday, adding that Musk's insult meant "people realize what kind of guy he is."

A British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue has said he is considering suing Elon Musk for describing him as a "pedo."

Asked by Australia's Channel 7 News on Monday whether he was considering taking legal action, the British caver Vernon Unsworth quickly replied.

"Yes, it's not finished," he said. "It's not finished. I believe he's called me a pedophile. Well, by definition, you're rescuing 12 young boys, by definition that puts everybody in the same context."

He added: "I'm not going to make any further com

First to take U.S. Tech test - but where?

The new exam for the U.S. Technician license made its debut - but not where you might think. John Williams VK4JJW has that story.

"In case you were wondering where in the United States the first new
Technician exam was given with the new set of questions - well, keep
wondering. It wasn't in the U.S at all but in Australia.

Two candidates, Ward and John, sat for the test at a hangar in Bankstown Airport in Sydney at 8 a.m. local time on Sunday, July 1.
But wait - it was still Saturday afternoon in the States!

Getting a jump on things nonetheless were VEs Julian AG6LE, Bob AC1CZ and Brad AK2QQ as part of Oz-VE, which gives the U.S. licensing tests across eastern Australia.
Better still, Julian tells us, both candidates passed the test.

The early bird gets the ... license.

WRTC 2018 Teams Produce Amazing Contact Totals Despite Poor Conditions

A crack team of contesters from Lithuania has won the gold medal in World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018), held over the weekend in Germany. Operating as Y81N, Gedas Lucinskas, LY9A, and Mindis Jukna, LY4L, topped the real-time scoreboard for much of the event, which is held as a competition within a contest in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship. Lucinskas and Jukna had ended up in sixth place during WRTC 2014, held in New England. They posted a raw score of 594,015 poi, logging 3,668 CW contacts and 1,544 SSB contacts.

Conditions during the event were mediocre at best.

Taking second place to the pleasure of the German sponsors was the Y81A team of Manfred Wolf, DJ5MW, and Stefan von Baltz, DL1IAO, with 538,5432 points, with 3,620 CW contacts and 1,354 SSB contacts. They placed third in a nail-biting finale for the bronze at WRTC 2014. The mostly German audience gave Wolf and Baltz a huge ovation.

In the third spot this time around was the WRTC 2014 defending champion team of Dan Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, who operated as Y82V, and racked up 506,461 points, putting 3,769 CW contacts and 1,052 phone contacts into their log.

The WRTC 2014 second-place team of Rastislav Hrnko, OM3BH, and Jozef Lang, OM3GI, from the Slovak Republic landed in tenth place at WRTC 2018.

This year’s first-place team scored nearly 1.25 million fewer points but some 650 more contacts than the WRTC 2014 first-place team of N6MJ and KL9A. Overall, the competitors logged more than 300,000 contacts during the 24-hour event.

“The excitement of the competitors is at least as high as that of the spectators watching the [Live] Scoreboard,” WRTC 2018 organizers said as the event was starting to wind down. “But what distinguishes viewers from contesters is that the spectators can see the current position of all of the stations — the contest teams do not.”

Determining the final results of WRTC 2018 involved an extensive log-checking process, based in part on comparisons between IARU HF Contest logs submitted to WRTC 2018 for that purpose.

The father-son Y87B team of Jeff Briggs, K1ZM, and Patrick Briggs, KK6ZM, won the SSB Leader Award. The CW leaders, operating as Y83O, were Tonno Vahk, ES5TV, and Toivo Hallikivi, ES2RR, of Estonia.

Claiming the award for the most accurate log — which was said to be very close — was the Y86V team of Leo Slavov, OR2F, and Pascal Lierman, ON5RA, of Belgium. They made 39 logging errors. The overall logging accuracy was reported to have been "better than 95% accuracy."

Jannsen said he’s looking forward to 2022 and the next WRTC, which will take place in Bologna, Italy, as announced at the closing ceremony. 



MONDAY EDITION: My annual Medicare physical today, similar to the FCC no code Tech "Lite" License...a no frills physical exam. Basic blood work, an eye test reading foot high letters, an ear test a deaf person could pass, and a quick check to see if your heart is half healthy....no finger up the ass anymore, they don't want to find any trouble with your prostate gland. They are interested in asking you a few questions though: Do you feel safe at home? Have you had any suicidal thoughts? How many times have you fallen down this year? And of course the memory test, they give you a few words to remember and ask you to recite them back during the exam....and you are out he doorway after they read the blood results which always tell you that your are deficient in vitamin D  and need to by a supplement...and don't forget that baby aspirin!....

The Fusion with upgraded firmware is back in operation and is running fine on  443.700 in Gloucester...

Kenwood ham radio transceiver in Die Hard movie

ARRL have made available an article on the vintage movie Die Hard that featured an amateur radio transceiver believed to be the Kenwood TH-41BT 144/220/440 MHz HT

The Die Hard movie went on limited release in 21 theaters in the USA 30 years ago on July 15, 1988 but incredibly it wasn't until February 3, 1989 that it went on general release in the UK.

The ARRL article which appeared in the July 2018 issue of QST describes the use of radio in the movie, download the PDF from


WIA News report ARN has launched interactive advertising technology 'ShakeMe' across iHeartRadio, via an audio ad format launched in December last year by Californian tech company AdsWizz.

When listeners hear a ShakeMe advertisement – with a tailored call to action, they will be able to shake their device which will either trigger a phone call, download a coupon or open a landing when they next unlock their phone.

ShakeMe advertisements are designed so that consumers can engage directly with specialised ads without the need to unlock their phones, click through or even look at their screen.

Geraint Davies COO of iHeartRadio Australia said:
"There is massive penetration of mobile ownership in Australia and a rapid migration of radio listening onto digital platforms like iHeartRadio.

"When you combine those things with the ShakeMe technology, which allows advertisers to give consumers the control to instantly interact further with the brand while listening to their ad with just a simple
shake of their phone, you have an incredibly powerful marking tool."

Read more and listen to a sample advert:

WEEKEND EDITION: I am sure most of you have experienced the joy of programming a new walkie or mobile radio with frequencies and tones. I use my computer to program everything I can, either Chirp or RT systems software, and  the task is fairly easy. The adventure (nightmare) is programming a new frequency and tone in to your radio while on vacation, etc. It is damn near impossible to figure out as each radio's menu is totally different. No solution, just an observation...I guess this thought occurred while using the Icom 7300, which you can use without a manual! The same thing is true of TenTec radios, an easy structured menu system that is easily figured out......FIFA Had To Ask World Cup Broadcasters To Stop Ogling Female Fans, plans on giving equal time to ugly people....

ARRL Announces Two Career Opportunities at Headquarters

ARRL has announced career opportunities for a Business Services Manager and a Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist at Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.

The Business Services Manager reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the marketing and sale strategies of print and digital advertising along with wholesale book revenues. Responsibilities include relationship management with all clients, sales analysis — including internal and market trends and management functions such as forecasting, budget preparation — and staff management.

Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree and have 3 or more years of in-depth industry- and job-specific and supervisory experience. Applicants should possess excellent interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communication skills, a high level of sales and marketing expertise in print and digital media, and extensive knowledge of Amateur Radio.

The Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist reports to the Lab Manager, and plans and performs a wide range of technical duties in support of ARRL objectives with respect to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radio frequency interference (RFI) in the Amateur Radio Service.

The Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist must hold an Amateur Radio license. This individual will work with ARRL members and others in the Amateur Radio community to resolve EMC/RFI problems, and will maintain a database of member contact regarding specific EMC/RFI cases. The Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist will work with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff and with industry and standards development organizations in the course of resolving and preventing EMC/RFI problems.

The Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist also will identify devices with significant RFI potential, test the devices, and draft detailed reports on their performance. The individual in this position also will create and maintain ARRL publications related to EMC/RFI and administer ARRL Laboratory facilities and activities. Some travel may be required to represent ARRL at conventions and technical symposia.

The applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree in electronics or have 3 – 5 years of in-depth industry- and job-specific experience. Ideal candidates will have experience in the EMC/RFI field with an emphasis on Amateur Radio, familiarity with Amateur Radio applications of electronics and radio technology, sufficient technical creativity to develop technical programs and activities in support of broadly defined objectives, capability to provide technical direction to others, and the ability to diplomatically and effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

For a detailed description of the job requirements for either position, visit the ARRL Employment Opportunities page.

ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium in Boston

ARRL was on hand in Boston July 8 – 13 for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antenna and Propagation Society (AP-S) Symposium, held jointly held with the US National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The ARRL exhibit included an Amateur Radio special event demonstration station, N1P, and more than a dozen volunteers staffed the ARRL exhibit.

“We had a very attractive booth in a great location,” said ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. “Engineers in the antenna and propagation fields in industry and science attending from all over the world stopped by the ARRL table to see and learn about Amateur Radio.”

Temples said ARRL Headquarters provided supplies for the booth as well as display copies of publications, “which doubled as door prizes for drawings,” he added. Complementing volunteers from the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section were radio amateurs attending the conference who donated their time between talks and seminars to assist with the booth and greet fellow attendees.

“It was clear to me that our presence at the symposium meant a great deal to the IEEE AP-S/URSI leadership,” Temples said. “It’s difficult to have a ‘live’ Amateur Radio station in an exhibit area of a major hotel, so we were indeed fortunate to have access to one of the premiere contesting stations in New England through a remote internet HF setup, courtesy of Yankee Clipper Contest Club member Greg Cronin, W1KM.” Temples said YCCC president Dennis Egan, W1UE, supplied an Elecraft K3 to use on site.

In addition, Temples recounted that ARRL Volunteer Examiners were able to conduct separate Amateur Radio licensing exam sessions over 2 days at the conference thanks to the efforts of the Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Group and Lou Harris, N1UEC. More than a dozen attendees took advantage.

“The IEEE AP-S/URSI hams who will organize next year’s event hope to secure the call sign N4P and recruit local volunteers when the symposium moves to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2019,” Temples said. He expressed gratitude to Dave Michelson, VA7DM, an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia and who chairs the IEEE’s AP-S/URSI Joint Meetings Committee, for his help in coordinating the Amateur Radio display. “Thanks also go to San Diego Section Manager Dave Kaltenborn, N8KBC, and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, who advised us following the 2017 ham radio effort.”

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2124 for Friday, July 13, 2018... a rehash of the news


PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's newscast with an update on the more than a dozen wildfires that have swept through the state of Colorado in less than two weeks and the amateurs who've been able to help. Our report comes courtesy of Amanda Alden K1DDN who has been working with ARES in connection with those fires, which resulted in the evacuation of more than 3,000 homes.

Amanda tells us that Type 1 and Type 2 Incident Management Teams were called in quickly for many sites once the fires flared so ARES was not called in for all of them. ARES was activated, however, for the Quarry Fire, which was ignited by lightning on the evening of Saturday July 7th, two miles west of Canon City, Colorado. The fire began in rough terrain but also threatened cell tower sites in addition to an important ham radio repeater site. The same lightning caused at least one other spot fire which was extinguished quickly but also struck near two people on the Royal Gorge Bridge.

Fremont County Incident Management Team asked the R5D1 ARES team to assist with comms for the local wildfire team as well as the fire protection district. As Amanda told us [quote] "We actually fulfilled more of an AuxComm role for the fire." [endquote] The amateur team monitored narrowband VHF fire frequencies, tactical command and air-to-ground. Incident Command also required hourly weather updates. The ARES comm van also provided IP connectivity and a live camera feed on flare-ups and hot spots. By July 8, air attacks had done their job and ARES was able to demobilize that evening.

One wildfire team member, who is also a ham, was injured and has since recovered. As Amanda reminded Newsline [quote]: "ARES isn’t always about using amateur radio. When you have these small rural teams fighting a fire, it’s about assisting any way possible. If that includes using public safety radio, that’s what we do”.

The Quarry Fire is now 100 percent contained. As of Newsline production time, however, the Spring Fire - the second largest in the state's history, continued to burn.


PAUL/ANCHOR: A group of amateurs in Ireland are showing that radio operators have always been good sports when it comes to sports. Here's Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: With the World Radiosport Team Championship about to kick off in Germany and with the World Cup going on in Russia, it's worth noting that a sporting event 120 years ago also involved the use of radio. In 1898, Guglielmo Marconi was invited to set up a wireless station aboard a boat anchored at the finish line of that year's Kingstown Regatta in Dublin. The goal was to be able to transmit the race results to the harbour master's office in Kingstown and from there, phoned into newsrooms from where special editions of the newspapers could be printed and on the newstands well before the yachts returned to port.

The 120th anniversary of this important "first" in sports reporting by wireless is being commemorated on the 21st of July by amateurs in Ireland using the call sign EI0MAR. They will be operating from the Martello Tower and offering a special QSL card for HF contacts. The station will also monitor 145.525 MHz. Operations will be from about 1000 to 1600 UTC.


PAUL/ANCHOR: In New York, hams are marking another historic event on the water - in this case, a tragic event. Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT has that story.

CARYN: What do you do when history happens right on your doorstep - or in the case of one ham club, right on your shoreline? For the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club in Lindenhurst, New York, the answer to that question was easy: You operate a special event station. One hundred years ago on July 19 six U.S. sailors lost their lives when an explosion on board the USS San Diego sank the vessel off the coast of a barrier island known as Fire Island. Club president John Melfi W2HCB explains why this event hits so close to home.

JOHN: Being that we are the Great South Bay Club, the Great South Bay is a body of water that is on the north side of the barrier island, which is the island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay. The San Diego unfortunately sank ten miles off of Fire Island after its onboard radio failed.

CARYN: Starting on July 14 and through the end of the month, Special Event Station W2NMY will operate on all bands in all modes honoring the six who perished aboard the only major warship the U.S. lost after its involvement in World War I. Successful contacts will earn a special certificate bearing the sailors' names and a photo of the ship. John said enthusiasm has been widespread but most especially among one group.

JOHN: We are hoping possibly to get a lot of military veterans who are ham radio operators collecting that very special certificate.

CARYN: The call sign is also historic. It had been used by the U.S. Coast Guard at the HF station near Fire Island Lighthouse. John said the club is proud to bring it alive again.

JOHN: Just look for that call sign W2NMY, that's whiskey two november mike yankee.


PAUL/ANCHOR: In just a few days, the practice of operating portable will take on new meaning for some hams in South Africa. Here's Jason Daniels VK2LAW with more.

JASON: Amateur radio operators in South Africa can expect to be on the move - quite literally - for the second Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio challenge, known by the acronym RaDAR. Some enthusiasts even call this form of portable operation a "shack in a sack."

The challenge set for Saturday July 14th features hams operating in the categories of fixed, field or moving. The practice encourages hams to be able to operate with self-sufficiency for extended periods of time, bringing along their rigs and power supplies as well as shelter, food, water and protective clothing.

According to the RaDAR Ops website, Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio was launched in August of 2009.

The one-day challenge permits hams to use CW, SSB, FM, satellite or any legal amateur radio digital mode - but no repeaters.

The important part of the challenge isn't just to keep making those contacts, but to keep things moving.


PAUL/ANCHOR: It pays to study hard for your license exam - and some new amateurs in Cuba are celebrating, as we hear from Kevin Trotman N5PRE.

KEVIN: What's better than a good signal report? How about a 96 percent success rate for new amateur licensees? Cuba gets the bragging rights to this: In a recent report for FRC, the Cuban amateur radio association, the country boasts an overall pass rate of 95.97 percent so far this year for exams taken. Of the 323 who have sat for their exams so far, 310 learned they would be getting their license.


PAUL/ANCHOR : Stories about how Amateur Radio operators get involved in emergency communications frequently cross the news desk here. This one, however, has a twist. Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM is the ARRL Section Manager for the Atlantic/MDC area. He is working with community groups in his area to tie other services, such as the Family Radio Service or FRS, into ham radio emcomm operations. As an active member of ARES and RACES, Pittinger knows that nonham groups in the community can have their own emergency networks too – thanks to this inexpensive unlicensed form of radio communication. Local groups distribute these radios in areas where they’re needed to create instant connectivity, even for people without phones – and this is something hams can tap into as well. How does it work? Pittinger gave an example:

PITTINGER: This lady who was on oxygen ­ the power went off one night and she picked up her FRS radio and she said, “Can anybody hear me?” and an amateur radio person who happened to be monitoring FRS said, “Yes, I do.”She says, “Well the power went out, I was wondering how long it was going to be.” The ham on the other side said, “Let me find out.” A little while later, said, “It’s only going to be off for about an hour­and­a­half,” and she said, “Oh, that will be fine. The battery will last that long,” and that was the end of it. Now, to some, that may not seem substantial, but I go one step further. You have a community that are sometimes in need of information, situational awareness that they don’t have ready access to. Not everybody has a smart phone. Not everybody has reliable power at their house. Well, if the power goes off, they don’t have situational awareness when it comes to, let’s say weather situations or power situations. That information that was passed along eliminated the need of sending a health and welfare check or medical services to remove this lady from her house perhaps and take her to a medical facility. She may be there for a long time ­ puts an undue strain on her family or her close friends or relatives. So the information was passed to her and she was satisfied with it.

PAUL: Pittinger sees these radios as a simple, inexpensive vehicle for widening radio networks during an emergency, especially in areas without a significant ham population. He recommends that all hams who are involved in emcomm in some way also pack an FRS radio in their go¬kit and monitor it as they would any of the ham or civil defense frequencies. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Paul Braun WD9GCO


PAUL/ANCHOR: There are some newcomers in this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend and organizers consider them to be shining stars, as we hear from Graham Kemp VK4BB.

GRAHAM: They say there's a first time for everything and nowhere could that be truer than in amateur radio. International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which happens the third full weekend in August is marking its 21st anniversary. It has welcomed 250 registered lighthouses so far this year but it's also celebrating the debut of a number of new participants. They include the Ashdod and Mount Carmel lighthouses in Israel, the Shabla Lighthouse in Bulgaria, Porthcawl Breakwater in Wales and Tanjung Datu in Malaysia. Yes, there are even more lighthouses new to the game in Mexico and Cuba. Organizer Kevin Mulcahy VK2CE said the event begins on August 18th at 0001 UTC. That is still a few weeks off and so, as always, the pace of entries is expected to gather momentum in the days ahead.

Registered participants also include one of South Africa's most historic lighthouses, which will be activated by the Boland Amateur Radio Club during the event. The club is marking its own milestone - their 70th anniversary - with the special event call sign ZS70BAK.

Kevin and Ted W8TTS maintain the list of lighthouses and expect the list to reach more than 500 by the final week. That's a rate of growth you might say is almost at the speed of lighthouse.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Youngsters at one Australian primary school have been waiting for a date with an astronaut - and now they have it. Robert Broomhead VK3DC tells us more.

ROBERT: It's a date! That would be Tuesday July 17th - that's when the students at the Essex Heights Primary School in Melbourne, Australia will get their long-awaited moment with astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT on board the International Space Station. The hour will be 6:24 p.m. local time, which is 08:24 UTC. While the students have their interaction via telebridge, the rest of the world can get in on the action by participating on the internet. There is a livestreaming link for worldwide viewing and it will be published on the school's website. Just visit www dot essexheightsps dot vic dot edu dot au (www.essexheightsps.vic.edu.au)


In the world of DX, listen for Carsten, OZ4CG operating through the 31st of July as OZ4SOP from Bornholm Island for the Sea Of Peace Award. Send QSLs via Club Log, LoTW and eQSL.

Eric, SM1TDE is active as SJ1SOP from Gotland Island through the 31st of July also for the Sea of Peace Award. Send QSLs via home call, LoTW and eQSL; or search on Club Log.

Pierre, VE3KTB is active through the 21st of July as VY0ERC. He is at the Eureka Amateur Radio Club station located in the weather station on Ellesmere Island. Send QSLs via M0OXO's OQRS.

Listen for Bruce KD6WW and Mike K9AJ operating primarily in CW as KD6WW/VY0 and K9AJ/VY0 from Fafarad Island from the 19th to the 23rd of July. The last operation from this rare IOTA Group was 18 years ago. Listen on 40 meters through 17 meters. They also plan some SSB and possibly FT8. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via home calls, both direct and via the bureau.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, the world is breathing a little easier now with the success of the recent Thailand cave rescue operation -- but did you know that even this has a ham radio connection? Here's Don Wilbanks AE5DW.

DON: Thirteen young people in Thailand are alive today partly because of radio - a radio system, in fact, that was designed by a British ham nearly 20 years ago. The radios are specialized handhelds that transmit and receive on upper side band at the ultra-low frequency of 87 kHz -- and they were instrumental in making contact with the 12 young members of a football team and their assistant coach who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for nearly three weeks. The radios are called HeyPhones, bearing the name of John Hey G3TDZ, now a Silent Key. He designed the bulky, do-it-yourself system 17 years ago for use in cave rescues in the UK. The radios allow divers to transmit through solid rock and between cave and surface as well. The ones in Thailand, sent by the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, allowed divers to make contact with the trapped team as the world held its breath.

The boys and their coach are safe now. While some observers may say Hey's original design has long since been rendered obsolete by more modern counterparts, no doubt hams like John Hey himself would say instead: this is the kind of radio rescue that never gets old.

FRIDAY EDITION: Enjoy today, wx looks a little rocky this weekend...

ILLW and old lighthouses

A recent entry from a German amateur, DL1BWU, related to what could possibly be the oldest lighthouse entered in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW since its inception 21 years ago.

The lighthouse is located in Skagen, Denmark and was built in 1747.
It is referred to as Det Hvide Fyr (The White Lighthouse). It is in remarkable condition for its age.
It became inactive in 1858 when another lighthouse was built about 1 mile away caleed Det Gra Fyr (The Grey Lighthouse).

One of the objectives of the ILLW is to encourage the restoration of lighthouses all around the world. Skagen is a classic example of what can be done to that end with both the White and Grey lighthouses. ...

WRTC 2018 Call Signs Will Be Y81A through Y89U

WRTC 2018 organizers today officially announced the list of call signs to be used during the World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) competition that gets under way at 1200 UTC on Saturday, July 14. The call signs to be used will be Y81A through Y89U.

Y##-prefix call signs, once used by radio amateurs in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were inherited by the German government after the reunification of East and West Germany and have not been used since.

The call signs were announced during the WRTC 2018 opening ceremony today. Shortly before the competition starts on Saturday, each team leader will select a sealed envelope containing the team’s call sign. The envelope then is given to the team’s referee, and 15 minutes before the competition begins, the referee will hand the envelope to the team leader, and the team members will then quickly program CW and voice keyers.

All team members have been urged not to do anything that would connect a particular call sign with a specific team, and those operating in the concurrent IARU HF Championship are asked not to identify teams they might recognize, when spotting stations.

A live scoreboard will track the progress of WRTC 2018 teams. The  WRTC 2018 Live Scoreboard will reflect the personal call signs of the competitors.

On Thursday morning, WRTC 2018 participants and referees met for a briefing by organizers, during which competition organizers explained and clarified all rules and answered questions.

“Competitors and referees asked for a lot of detail,” a WRTC 2018 announcement said. “especially as regards correct log keeping and rating of QSOs, such as what to do when the [other station] sends the wrong zone. The guidelines given at the meeting are a building block for fair competition, which must indeed be reflected during contest operation and not only through subsequent regulatory discussions.”

A detailed briefing also was held specifically for site referees, during which the function of the power-checking meter was described and the configuration of the score-collection computer explained.


THURSDAY EDITION: Building a shooting range in the basement today for my grandson and his trusty new Red Ryder bb gun, should be fun..........

Ham radio technology used in Thailand cave rescue

UK radio amateur John Hey G3TDZ (SK) designed the special low frequency radio equipment, the Heyphone, used in the recent cave rescue in Thailand

On Facebook Phil Karn KA9Q posted:

Naturally I got interested in the technical aspects of the cave rescue in Thailand, particularly communications.
They used the "Heyphone", a voice radio designed by a UK radio ham, John Hey, G3TDZ, as open-source hardware specifically for cave rescues.
It uses upper (single) sideband voice on 87 kilohertz in the VLF (very low frequency) band. (That's what it says -- 87 kHz is actually LF).

The "antenna" consists of two stakes driven into the ground about 20m apart. Enough of the current between them fringes outward to couple to another antenna up to a few hundred meters away (or down).

John Hey passed away in 2016 so he didn't get to see his work used here. But ham radio should get some of the credit.

Phil Karn KA9Q

John Hey G3TDZ Heyphone Cave Rescue Communication System http://bcra.org.uk/creg/heyphone/

Al Williams WD5GNR has written an article on Hackaday about the cave equipment

MQ-9B Drone Is First 'Civilian-Registered' Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Cross Atlantic

The first “civilian-registered” remotely piloted drone to ever make a flight across the Atlantic landed at 6:43pm local time (1:45pm ET) in RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire on Wednesday after taking off from Grand Forks, North Dakota on Tuesday, the BBC reported, after traveling nearly 3,800 miles.

The BBC writes that, having completed its historic voyage, the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems drone in question will be on display at a show at the airbase which commences at the end of the week:

The 3,760-mile journey was piloted by an operator located in America.

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian has arrived ahead of the Royal International Air Tattoo which begins on Friday.

The aircraft will be on static display during the show.

Astute observers will note that the MQ-9 SkyGuardian line is famous mostly for its military role, in which it has earned the nickname of “Reaper” and conjured ominous visions of a future in which autonomous weapons, instead of human operators, pull their own triggers. Not that the human operators need help executing the US’ overseas bombing campaigns: Along with its predecessor the MQ-1 Predator and a number of other craft, the US has used the Reaper to perform what is estimated to be thousands of killings abroad. So at least this demonstration of the line’s civilian purposes is somewhat less dreadful.

The BBC added that General Atomics CEO Linden Blue told reporters in a statement, “This historic event was a demonstration of the endurance and civil airspace capability of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian, and it is fitting to do this as part of the centennial celebration of the RAF.”

According to New Atlas, the craft is the latest iteration of the Reaper line and was modified to meet non-military airspace standards, as well as comply with regulations from NATO, the British Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA), and the US Federal Aviation Administration. Here’s some specs:

The MQ-9B has a wingspan of 79 ft (24 m) and is powered by a Honeywell TPE331-10 Turboprop engine providing 45 kVA. It can carry a payload of 4,750 lb (2,155 kg), has a maximum air speed of 210 knots (242 mph, 389 km/h), and an endurance of over 40 hours at altitudes of up to 40,000 ft (12,200 m).

Now-Hurricane Chris Poses Possible Threat to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-Labrador

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has reiterated a call to Canadian radio amateurs to keep a close watch on Hurricane Chris. The storm was just upgraded from Tropical Storm to hurricane status and has gained considerable forward motion as it bears down on the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland-Labrador with winds of 155 kilometers per hour (100 MPH).

The storm is moving to the northeast at 37 kilometers per hour (22 MPH). Hurricane Chris is expected to make landfall on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula late on July 5 as a post-tropical depression. Rainfall in the affected area could amount to 50 to 70 millimeters, with 80 to 100 kilometer per hour winds and heavy surf.

Environment Canada issued a Tropical Cyclone Information Statement on July 11. Amateur Radio operators are encouraged to monitor local repeaters and IARU Center of Activity frequencies, and in the affected area, to provide updates to the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on 14.325 MHz. The HWN has not activated and remains in Alert Level 2 — monitoring mode.

RAC Vice President and Community Services Officer Doug Mercer, VO1DM, who is also IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator, urged Canadian radio amateurs continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

More space junk: CubeSats to Deploy from International Space Station on July 13:

Japan's space agency JAXA has announced that nine CubeSats will be deployed from the International Space Station on July 13. Three of the satellites - EnduroSat AD, EQUISat, and MemSat - will transmit telemetry in the 70-centimeter Amateur Radio band. EnduroSat AD will transmit on 437.050 MHz (CW, 9.6 kB GFSK); EQUISat will transmit on 435.550 MHz (CW, 9.6 kB FSK), and MemSat will transmit on 437.350 MHz (9.6 kB BPSK).

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Disconnecting the kitchen sink plumbing and ripping of the counter tops today, the granite guy is coming at 1 to make a template for the new granite counter tops and sink, one week before they return with the granite means a lot of cooking out and eating out without a kitchen sink...

FCC Administrative Law Judge Terminates Long-Standing Amateur License Renewal Case

In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel has ended the decade-old license renewal proceeding involving William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary C. Harold. Termination of the proceeding and the dismissal of Crowell’s license renewal application followed his refusal to appear for a hearing in Washington, DC, to consider his license renewal and other issues in an enforcement proceeding that dates back 15 years or more.

“Crowell’s decision not to appear at the hearing has the same practical effect as if he had initially failed, pursuant to Section 1.221(c) of the Rules, to file a written notice of appearance or otherwise signal his intent to participate in the hearing on his pending renewal application, i.e., he has waived his right to prosecute that application,” Harold said in the Enforcement Bureau’s June 12 motion to dismiss Crowell’s license renewal application.

In his Order, Sippel said he agreed with Harold’s determination. Crowell had asserted that the FCC was obliged to hold field hearings in the city nearest to a licensee’s residence, but Sippel said that was incorrect. Crowell invoked financial hardship rules, but Sippel said those would not apply in an Amateur Radio case. Dismissal of the renewal application was “with prejudice,” which means that Crowell cannot appeal the finding. It also puts Crowell off the air.

It has been 10 years since the FCC set Crowell’s license renewal application for hearing, which was to center on whether he had violated FCC Part 97 rules in the early 2000s, in part by causing intentional interference, transmitting music, and “using indecent language,” and whether he was qualified to have his renewal application granted.

Crowell raised the lengthy delay in his response to Harold’s June 12 motion. “The more-than-10-year delay in holding a hearing herein (that’s only since the Hearing Designation Order [was] issued; the pre-HDO part of the case goes back to 2000!) violates my administrative due process rights,” claimed Crowell, who is an attorney. “A violation of administrative due process appears where, due to delay, a party’s ability to obtain the truth has been seriously compromised.”

Crowell claimed that most of the witnesses who might testify at a hearing are now deceased, and “the evidence is terribly stale.” Crowell said the Enforcement Bureau “has no excuse for not having taken this case to a hearing at a much earlier date, and, at this point, my ability to elucidate the truth has been fatally compromised.”

Subsequently, in an August 2016 Forfeiture Order (FO), the FCC imposed a $25,000 fine on Crowell for intentionally interfering with the transmissions of other radio amateurs and transmitting prohibited communications, including music. The FCC said Crowell did not deny making the transmissions but argued, in large part, that those transmissions were protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

“It is well-established that regulation of radio in general does not violate the First Amendment or [the Communications Act], and courts have made clear that this conclusion applies to the Amateur Service as well,” the FCC responded.

Prompting the investigation that led the FCC to impose the substantial fine were complaints by members of the Western Amateur Radio Friendship Association (WARFA), which conducts nets three times a week on 75 meters. Crowell had argued that the WARFA Net monopolized the frequency and refused to let him check in. Sippel said he had stayed the renewal case on the basis of the pending Forfeiture Order proceeding, but said he was later informed that the US Department of Justice had decided not to prosecute the case. The FCC also denied Crowell’s request to disqualify Sippel, after Crowell claimed that Sippel was biased.

Crowell’s license expired in 2007, but he was allowed to continue to operate while his renewal application was pending. With his license renewal proceeding terminated, he may no longer operate legally. 

ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off Amateur Spectrum

ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite experimentation by educational institutions under Part 97 Amateur Service rules, while precluding the exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial, small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules. In comments filed on July 9 in an FCC proceeding to streamline licensing procedures for small satellites, ARRL suggested that the FCC adopt a “a bright line test” to define and distinguish satellites that should be permitted to operate under Amateur-Satellite rules, as opposed to non-amateur satellites authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules.

“Specifically, it is possible to clarify which types of satellite operations are properly considered amateur experiments conducted pursuant to a Part 97 Amateur Radio license, and [those] which should be considered experimental, non-amateur facilities, properly authorized by a Part 5 authorization.”

ARRL said it views as “incorrect and overly strict’ the standard the FCC has applied since 2013 to define what constitutes an Amateur Satellite, forcing academic projects that once would have been operated in the Amateur Satellite Service to apply for a Part 5 Experimental authorization instead. This approach was based, ARRL said, on “the false rational” that a satellite launched by an educational institution must be “non-amateur” because instructors were being compensated and would thus have a “pecuniary interest” in the satellite project. ARRL said well-established Commission jurisprudence contradicts this view.

ARRL told the FCC that justification exists to expand the category of satellite experiments conducted under an Amateur Radio license, “especially those in which a college, university, or secondary school teacher is a sponsor.” But, ARRL continued, a compelling need exists to discourage Part 5 Experimental authorizations for satellites intended to operate in amateur allocations by non-amateur sponsors, “absent compelling showings of need.”

“There is no doubt but that Amateur Radio should be protected against exploitation by commercial entities, and there should be a compelling justification for a Part 5 Experimental license issued for a satellite experiment to be conducted in amateur spectrum,” ARRL said. “A defining criterion for this latter category should be that there is no other spectrum practically available in lieu of Amateur Radio allocations.”

ARRL noted that International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) policy regarding satellites operated in Amateur Radio spectrum is only to coordinate satellites where licensees and control operators are radio amateurs and having a “mission and operation” consistent with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations’ definitions of the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services.

Resolution 659, adopted at World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2015, included protective language against non-amateur satellites operating in Amateur-Satellite spectrum, and the exclusion of any amateur bands from spectrum that might be considered at a future WRC for allocation to the Space Operation Service.

IARU announced in 2017 that it would no longer coordinate non-amateur satellite operations and adopted new satellite frequency coordination guidelines. Under that policy, educational and university satellites may be coordinated only when an identified amateur component exists, and the mission is to teach and train students in satellite communication and building and launching satellites. The individual responsible for the satellite’s communications must be an Amateur Radio licensee. IARU will also continue to coordinate space stations operating under an amateur license and having “a clear amateur mission,” as well as satellites where a licensing administration directs the use of an amateur band.

ARRL asserted that incorporating Amateur Radio in experiential learning using small satellites — e.g., CubeSats — is good for Amateur Radio, for students, and for the advancement of technology, and it urged the FCC to adopt a regulatory paradigm that encourages this approach.

AMSAT-NA also filed comments in the proceeding. The AMSAT remarks reflect several of the same concerns expressed by ARRL, including the suitability of authorizing certain satellites built by universities and non-profit organizations in the Amateur Satellite Service, and expressing opposition to satellites licensed as experimental under FCC Part 5 rules operating in the Amateur Satellite bands. Interested parties may file reply comments in the proceeding, IB Docket No. 18-86, by August 7, 2018.

TUESDAY EDITION: Great day to get yourself outside enjoying the summer weather instead if sitting in front of a black box that cost too much money listening to dits and dahs....

How big is the sun? That depends on when you look, a new study finds.

Our home star shrinks slightly and expands again as it goes through a solar cycle. That’s a roughly 11-year period. It is characterized by times of high and low magnetic activity, changes in sunspot numbers and more. Two researchers now report finding that when the sun is most active, its radius drops by 1 or 2 kilometers (0.6 to 1.2 miles). That’s not much. The sun’s full radius is about 700,000 kilometers (435 million miles)!

Unlike many planets, the sun has no solid surface. That is one thing that makes computing the star’s size challenging. “It’s a slippery concept,” says Jeff Kuhn. “What does it mean, the radius of the sun?” asks this astronomer who works at the University of Hawaii in Maui. One way scientists have measured the orb’s width is based on how the brightness of the sun falls off from its center. In 2010, Kuhn’s group did that. That turned up no sign that the sun’s radius changed during the solar cycle.

The new study does something different. It measures what’s known as the sun’s seismic radius. Seismic waves travel through the sun’s interior. Any change in the sun’s size would change the frequency of those waves.

This new yardstick has some advantages, says Alexander Kosovichev. He’s an astrophysicist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. “By using the seismic radius,” he says, “we can measure more accurately.” And that’s what he and Jean-Pierre Rozelot of Université Côte d’Azur in Nice, France, just did.

To figure out this seismic radius, the two used 21 years’ worth of data on the waves’ frequencies. Two spacecraft had collected those data. How much the sun expanded or shrunk varied by depth, those data show. Some layers within the sun contracted at the same time that others were expanding. Changes in the magnetic fields inside the sun could be behind the sun’s shifting size, the scientists say.

Taken together, the new data point to an overall drop in the seismic radius when the sun is more active.

This new estimate of the sun’s size is not, however, a replacement for measuring the radius in terms of overall brightness. “I think that’s a separate question,” Kuhn says. The two measurements rely on different techniques. They therefore probe different traits of the sun’s behavior.

The seismic radius may help scientists understand how the strength of the sun’s magnetic fields varies at different depths within the star, notes Sabatino Sofia. He’s a retired astrophysicist who used to work at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. There had been hints that the sun’s seismic radius might change over time. However, he says, the new data “really confirms that during the activity cycle, the seismic radius of the sun is changing.”

Aviation radiation: New results from the South Pacific

On the heels of a new study showing that flight attendants have an elevated risk of cancer compared to the general population, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus recently boarded a plane to New Zealand carrying an array of cosmic ray sensors.

During their 13 hour flight across the South Pacific, the team detected secondary cosmic rays in the passenger compartment almost 40 times stronger than on the ground below.

Their "haul" of radiation included a significant number of neutrons captured in portable bubble chambers. 

Read today's edition of Spaceweather.com for the full story

BBC: 'shortwave radio listening continues its steep decline'

Figures published by the BBC show more people are listen directly to World Service English via the internet than by any other method

The Global Audience Measure (GAM) figures indicate how many adults the BBC reached weekly with its news and entertainment content in the year 2017/18.

The BBC World Service, which has just undertaken its biggest expansion since the 1940s, has seen its audience increase by 10m, to 279m. The total global news audience has risen by a million, to 347m.

The shortwave radio audience has virtually disappeared in Pakistan, and is down substantially in Nigeria.

Read the BBC report at

Hurricane Watch Net on Alert for Developing Atlantic Basin Storms

Hurricane Watch New (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, says the Atlantic Hurricane Basin seems to want people’s attention. Tropical Depression 3, off the southeastern coast of North Carolina could become a named storm, Chris. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has initiated advisories on TD 3. The system is expected to remain offshore. The HWN remains at alert level 2 — “monitoring mode.”

“A few computer models show this system growing and moving up along the US east coast into Nova Scotia, Canada,” Graves said today. “How strong it will be, if development occurs, is unknown.”

Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Beryl intensified overnight to become the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season, which began on June 1. A compact storm, Beryl is predicted to remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early Sunday. Satellite data indicate maximum sustained winds of around 80 MPH with higher gusts, and some strengthening is forecast.

While Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken or dissipate before reaching the Lesser Antilles, some rain and wind are expected to impact those islands early next week.

“Be advised, should the Hurricane Watch Net be called into action, 20-meter propagation has been very lousy of late and we may have to operate on both 20 and 40 meters (14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, respectively),” Graves said.

“Should either storm become a threat, the Hurricane Watch Net will be ready for action. The tropics are getting very interesting!”

New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular with WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE signal
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....